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Charles Ewing who was based in India designed a monorail system. It was a single rail tramway arrangement.  His invention was a success. By 1899 a number of his design of lines had been laid in India. These included a twenty-two mile line at the Scottish firm of Messrs. Finlay, Muir and Co.’s tea estates in the Travancore Hills. 
In 1902, the Madras (now Chennai) Government approved the construction of a Ewing type monorail tramway in the environs of Madras, in the Chingleput (now Chengalpattu) District which was about 56km south west of madras. 
Ewing type monorail tramways became popular. In Patiala State, one connected Sunam to Patiala via Bhawanigarh.  An earlier line connected Sirhind to Morinda via Bassi and Alampur.  In the Punjab a line was constructed between Morinoa and Karar.  In Kerala, a similar monorail was constructed between Munnar and Top Station  in the Kundala Valley. 
Patiala State Monorail Trainways (PSMT) was a unique rail-guided, partially road-borne railway system running in Patiala from 1907 to 1927. . PSMT was the second monorail system in India, after the Kundala Valley Railway  and the only operational locomotive-hauled railway system built using the Ewing System in the world. . The Kundala Valley Railway pre-dated this, also using the Ewing system between 1902 and 1908, although this only used bullocks for haulage. Following the conversion of the Kundala Valley Railway from a monorail to a narrow gauge railway in 1908.  PSMT was the only monorail system in India until its closure in 1927.
Uganda – Of great interest to me, given my personal interest in the Country of Uganda, is the fact that Ewing’s system spread outside the sub-continent of India. “In 1907, Winston Churchill visited Uganda and discussed with the authorities ways of improving transport between Port Kampala, known then as Luzira, and Kampala town. Amongst those consulted was a Mr Watts who had experience of the Ewing system in India. The environment and transport needs were considered to be similar and the Ewing system was subsequently adopted.”  The rolling stock was pulled by bullocks throughout its life. The short article in the ‘Uganda Journal’ in 1969. 
The Encyclopedia Britannica of 1911 notes the presence of the monorail between Kampala and the port: “Some 7.5 m. S. by E. of Kampala, and connected with it by monorail, is Kampala Port, on Victoria Nyanza.” 
It was a short-lived experiment, because by 1913 when a metre-gauge railway was being constructed, the monorail was not in a sufficiently usable state to serve as a construction line. 
This article first appeared on rogerfarnworth.com
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